SJC commissioner accused of property crime

William McClure claims it was misunderstanding

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – William McClure, a St. Johns County Commissioner, is wanted for arrest in North Carolina on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

McClure told News4Jax it was a misunderstanding over some sort of online purchase or payment made on his cellphone and that he is currently in North Carolina trying to document to a magistrate in North Carolina that the error has been corrected.

According to McClure he tried to make some sort of online payment and claims to have accidentally typed the wrong numbers, numbers from an account he used to share with a former business and personal partner. McClure said that the woman is trying to make the mistake into a criminal case.

"It was a joint account that we had for about 10 years. So she called me and told me what happened and I immediately rectified the situation and had Capitol One reverse the transaction. I've confirmed with Wells Fargo that they, you know, reversed the transaction. It was a $500 payment. I probably had $250,000 liquid at the time, so I didn't need the $500. I wasn't trying to steal the money. It was an errant payment selection and that's exactly what happened," McClure said.

But the ex-partner, Kristin Bullock, said it's not so simple.

"That he spoke to Wells Fargo and confirmed charges have been reversed and money has been put back is a complete lie," Bullock said. "I have letters from Wells Fargo. ... If it's an honest mistake, send me a money order."

Mathews, North Carolina, police public information officer Tim Aycock said a criminal investigation into what he described as fraud began in March and resulted in the warrant. He said the warrant will not be cleared until McClure is arrested and goes through due process.

Asked if he was surprised there was an arrest warrant out for him, McClure said his former business partner wanted to push this with police.

"I'm sure someone was there every day trying to get a warrant issued," McCure said.

"I'm not going to let someone continue to steal from me. I can't do it anymore," Bullock said. "The money has never been returned."

Last October, two medical clinics owned by McClure were searched by the Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The state has not filed any charges in that investigation.

McClure said this incident in North Carolina has nothing to do with his health clinics.

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